Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2020–            Nov. 16-Nov. 23

Over the years, Operation Christmas Child has extended the impact that the shoebox gift has upon the child that receives it. After receiving a shoebox gift, the children are offered the opportunity to participate in The Greatest Journey program, a 12- lesson Bible study course. This course guides the children through what it means to be a faithful follower of Christ. The children who complete this course receive their own New Testament and graduation certificate.

The collection time for Operation Christmas Child is approaching and the time for making plans to fill a shoebox gift is here. When we pack a shoebox filled with gifts for a child, we create a tool for pastors around the world to use to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  Make this Christmas truly memorable for a child who might not otherwise receive a gift or have a chance to hear about Jesus. Please prayerfully consider being a part of this tremendous opportunity in one or more of these ways.

First, pray for the children around the world who will be receiving these shoebox gifts.  Pray that their hearts will be open to hear about Jesus and that they will invite Him into their hearts.

Second, fill a box! Individuals and groups are encouraged to put together shoebox gifts.  Pick up a shoebox at First UMC or get your own shoebox.  Fill a box with gifts, lots of prayer, a short note for “your” child, and $9.00 for shipping.  (See a brochure for details.)  Secure the shoebox gift with a rubber band, and then bring it to the church.

Third, help us collect boxes!  First UMC will again be a collection site for shoebox gifts during the Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week, November 13 – 20. We will need people to receive shoebox gifts at the church Mon. Nov. 13th through Mon. Nov. 20stPlease contact Angie Demmer if you have questions or to let her know when you can help. Contact Angie at 330-830-6719.

We will be collecting boxes during these hours:

Mon.- Thurs. 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Fri., Sat. 12 – 3 pm

Sun. 12 – 4pm

Mon. 10 am – 12

Come and be a part of this exciting outreach, and see how God can use a shoebox to spread the gospel all across the world!